Notes from the U.S. and Netherlands

I spent Memorial Day flying back from Amsterdam, 24 hours in en route, leaving a place where the Dutch Underground were battling in World War II three-quarters of a century before me.

Six Ways To Reduce Anxiety During Tough Transitions

Young athletes face tough transitions on a regular basis. Whether it’s something big, like a move to a new school, or just the start of a season with a new coach, these transitions can be significant sources of anxiety. But, there are ways to navigate these challenging times.

Why Should I Run a 6-3 or 6-6?

For those with little time to read my blogs and ponderings, the short answer is “In a 6-3 you teach HALF your players on the court the leadership roles and key skill of setting/running an offense, and in a 6-6, every player learns that key skill.”

NTDP Winter Training Series to Help Athletes Improve Indoors and on Beach

Junior volleyball athletes from across the United States will get the chance to improve their skills at USA Volleyball’s National Team Development Program (NTDP) National Beach and Indoor Winter Training Series on Dec. 27-30 in California. 

Motivational Interviewing – Still Learning

John Kessel’s still in learning mode (he’s always there), and now his quest for learning introduced him to Motivational Interviewing (MI), which is all about the communication techniques that help you draw wisdom and answers from your players.

Las Vegas to Host 2022 Boys Junior National Championship

USA Volleyball has selected Las Vegas to host the 2022 Boys Junior National Championship (BJNC) on June 30-July 7 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.

Eating for Brain Health

And it might come as a surprise, but the brain uses around 20 percent of the body’s energy, making it the hungriest organ. Fuel it appropriately, and your young athlete will be able to think fast and stay sharp in school and on the field.

USA Volleyball Selects Tulsa to Host 2022 All-Star Championship

USA Volleyball has selected Tulsa, Oklahoma, to host the 2022 USA Volleyball All-Star Championship on July 19-23 at the Cox Business Convention Center.

Nine Easy Ways to Prevent Cliques on Teams

When it comes to preventing cliques and bullying behaviors, it’s best to be proactive. Coaches who focus on building strong team-wide relationships from the first day of practice are less likely to run into the social problems, like cliques, that hurt teams and players.

USA Volleyball Now Offering Club Rates for NTDP Academy

Clubs now have the opportunity to make NTDP Academy available to all their teams with a variety of team packages. These packages provide access to the NTDP Academy through August 31, 2022.